How to Make Homemade Vanilla Powder – find out how easy it is to make your own vanilla powder for all your delicious sweet creations.
I talked to a cousin of mine from Sweden about cutting sugar in our diet. She told me she used vanilla powder to make her food seem sweeter. I wondered what vanilla powder is, since I’ve never heard of it before. So she sent me a small jar of it.
It is very interesting that, since it is pure vanilla (no alcohol, no sugar), you need only 1/2 tsp of powder for every tsp of vanilla extract.
Even though you only need a small amount of the powder, after some time I realized the powder will be gone. So I searched the internet to see whether there is a way to make it at home. Luckily, there is a way and it is very simple one. You dry vanilla beans (pods) and grind them in your coffee grinder (spice grinder). Some people have even used food processor for it.
My small research showed that vanilla beans can be dried in several ways:
– dry vanilla bean by leaving it on your counter for 3 weeks (for raw vanilla powder)
– dry vanilla beans in your oven on 65 C (150 F) for about 1 hour
– dry vanilla beans in your oven on 170 C (350 F) for 4-5 minutes
– dry vanilla beans in your microwave for about 10 seconds (I’m not entirely sure about the time)
Since I’m pretty impatient, I decided for third option.
To clean out my coffee grinder, I ground up a some powdered sugar and got my own “vanilla sugar”. I remember my mom would grind granulated sugar in a coffee grinder, place it in a container and then stick a vanilla bean inside. That way she always had vanilla sugar on hand when she needed it.
Keep your Homemade Vanilla Powder in an airtight container for 3-6 months (or until they lose flavor).
- 4 whole vanilla beans
Preheat your oven to 170 C (350 F).
Slice your vanilla beans lengthwise (no need to scrape the seeds, you will use whole beans) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast for 4-5 minutes in a fan oven (regular oven might need a minute longer). Vanilla beans will still be a little soft (but will harden after cooling).
Let cool completely. Cut each strip into small chunks. Put them in a coffee grinder (spice grinder) to pulverize. Store in an airtight small glass jar.
HOW TO USE VANILLA POWDER: In any recipe that calls for liquid vanilla extract or vanilla paste, use 1/2 tsp vanilla powder for each teaspoon of vanilla extract or paste.